We have about everything you can think of about cherries on our cherries health benefits website, but it wouldn't be complete without some great cherry dessert recipes. Cherries are about the sweetest little fruit there is, and I just love biting into a nice fresh one just purchased and still cool from the grocery store's fruit section. There is no way I can wait until I get home to have that rare sweet flavor tingling my taste buds. I only wish the growing season were longer. Luckily for all us cherry lovers they still taste great canned, dried or frozen for year round use.
I know there are lots of recipes out there for cherry desserts, but I spent a little time and research coming up with A few I thought were the best of the best. I hope you see something you like. I think you will.
Makes 6 pints
6 pounds dark, sweet cherries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 1/4 cup brandy
Wash and pit cherries. Combine sugar, water and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Add cherries and simmer until hot. Remove from the heat stir in the brandy. Pack hot cherries into hot jars leaving them ½ inch from the top of the jar. Ladle hot syrup over cherries, until it is ¼ inch from the top of the jar. Remove air bubbles by running a knife all around inside of jar, put the lid on tight.
Brandied cherries are great for putting on desserts or eating right out of the jar. When the cherries are gone, drink the juice and have a blast. You don't have to worry about these spoiling. The longer they set the better.
CHOCOLATE CHERRY SOUFFLE
Makes 6 portions
170 g chocolate chips
8 tbsp butter softened
1.5 tbsp sherry
3 medium eggs
80 g sugar
1 tsp almond extract
250 g your favorite cherries, drained, and chopped
Preheat oven to 180°C. Combine chocolate and butter in a bowl and place over a pan of simmering water. Stir chocolate and butter until melted. Remove from heat and add sherry. Combine the eggs, sugar and salt and beat until fluffy. Add almond extract and stir well.Combine the chocolate batter and egg mixture and fold in cherries. Divide batter into 6 serving and bake for 20-25 minutes
You can't go wrong when adding chocolate to cherry desserts
CHERRY NUT BROWNIES
Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F
• 250g unsalted butter
• 200g dark chocolate broken up
• optional: 75g dried sour cherries
• optional: 50g chopped nuts
• 80g cocoa powder, sifted
• 65g plain flour, sifted
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 360g caster sugar
• 4 large fresh eggs
Line a square baking tin with greaseproof paper. In a large bowl over some simmering water, melt the butter and the chocolate and mix until smooth. Add the cherries and nuts, if you’re using them, and stir together. In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and sugar, then add this to the chocolate, cherry and nut mixture. Stir together well. Beat the eggs and mix in until you have a silky consistency.
Pour your brownie mix into the baking tray, and place in the oven for around 25 minutes. You don’t want to overcook them so, unlike cakes, you don’t want a skewer to come out all clean. The brownies should be slightly springy on the outside but still gooey in the middle. Allow to cool in the tray, then carefully transfer to a large chopping board and cut into chunky squares. After you try these, you will never be happy with plain old brownies.
If you are a cherry lover you may want to read our article on cherries health benefits. You will be happy to find cherries not only taste great but are one of the most healthy fruits you can eat